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U.S. Embassy: Political/Economic Section – Internship Opportunity
April 7, 2022

Vacancy Announcement Number:  21-02

OPEN TO: Austrian or other Non-U.S. Citizen students, ideally from within the European Union, with a valid permanent residence permit for Austria, who are enrolled as full-time students at one of the Universities or “Fachhochschulen” in Austria. Students must be at minimum 18 years of age.

MISSION: U.S. Embassy in Austria

SECTION/OFFICE: Political/Economic Section

HOURS: Upon agreement, usually not less than 20 hours per week

DURATION: Minimum two months, maximum four months

START DATE: Upon agreement, throughout the year


The United States Embassy in Austria consists of a multi-agency team with more than two-hundred staff members from the Department of State, as well as the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and the Foreign Commercial Service, among others.

An internship with the Political/Economic section provides the opportunity to become familiar with the work of a bilateral diplomatic mission with regards to political and economic matters between the United States and Austria.  The intern provides staff assistance to foreign service officers in the combined political and economic sections.  Tasks may include longer-term analytical/research projects related to policy matters and developing analytical reports.  Internship responsibilities may additionally include, among other things, the following: drafting briefing memoranda and other reports for Embassy principals; accompanying officers to informal and official meetings; providing written and oral readouts of those events; and assisting in preparations for visits by U.S. officials.  The intern will also undertake some administrative tasks, such as answering phone calls, drafting responses to official correspondence, and serving as a point of contact for the section.


Studies: Major in one of the following University studies: Political Science; International Relations; Economics; Public Policy; or a related field.

Languages:  English & German: Fluency in speaking/reading/writing (equivalent to a good C1 level) is required.

Knowledge/Abilities/Skills: Good computer skills (MS Office, Internet)


Application language is English. Interested applicants should submit an e-mail with the following attachments:

  • The completed form “Application for Internship”:  please see website of the U.S. Embassy for downloading the form:  Application for Internship.
  • A Statement of Interest describing the applicant’s objectives and motivations in seeking an internship with the U.S. Mission.
  • Documentation of status as a full-time student at a University or “Fachhochschule” in Austria (i.e. “Inskriptionsbestätigung”).
  • For non-Austrian students: Documentation of legal residency in Austria

SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO: E-Mail: vacanciesvie@state.gov


After an initial application screening, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.


  1. Students must have a valid health insurance in Austria.
  2. Successful candidates will be required to pass a security certification.

All selections are made consistent with the State Department’s Non-Discrimination Policy and with the Austrian Gleichbehandlungsgesetz to not discriminate among applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age or sexual orientation.